Introduction What is Plain Text? Why Plain Text? An Example of the Plain Text Workflow Parting Thoughts Reading time: 10 minute(s) @ 200 WPM. Introduction The Plain Text Workflow is an alternative to writing with a word processor. Mind you, I said writing, not typesetting or formatting, which is a major part of what word processors do. The idea of the plain text workflow is that you separate the act of writing from that of producing a formatted, typeset final document.